The IDAP, supported by £10 million of Government funding, has the potential to expedite UK patient access to innovative technologies by providing innovators and manufacturers with multi-partner support and targeted scientific advice.
The Community Pharmacy System Innovation Fund (CPSIF), set up to support the delivery of an EPS in Wales, has made three further grant awards to digital community pharmacy system suppliers, bringing the total number of organisations who have benefitted to five.
MediWales is celebrating the strength of the Welsh innovation landscape at its eighteenth annual Innovation Awards on Thursday 7th December 2023, in Cardiff. Apply today to highlight your organisation’s impact!
The Bevan Commission has recently opened applications to Innovation Intensive Learning Week 2023. They’re also giving people the chance to apply for one of thirty subsidised places at this unique learning and networking week.
State-of-the-art surgical robots will soon be helping to treat colorectal and gynaecological cancer patients across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg area as part of the All-Wales National Robotic Assisted Surgery Programme.
Inspiring Innovation is our monthly collection of news from Wales’ thriving innovation landscape. Collated by our Sector Intelligence Team, we bring you the latest breakthroughs in the life sciences sector and the potential impact for the future of health and social care.
Social Care Wales stride forward with ambitious plans to improve digital technology adoption and combat digital exclusion. They’ve commissioned a new report which sets key areas for development, support, and priorities for digital innovation in Wales.
Inspiring Innovation is our monthly roundup of news from Wales’ thriving innovation landscape collated by our Sector Intelligence Team and fuels our ambitions to elevate Wales as a place of choice for health and social care innovation and investment.
This week the Minister for the Economy visited M-SParc in Ynys Mon to announce Welsh Government support and £2.5 million funding towards a second building for the innovative science park, continuing on the journey to creating further economic opportunity in North Wales.
Digital Health Ecosystem Wales (DHEW) and Health Education Improvement Wales (HEIW) are coming together, alongside others in health, social care, and academia, to embrace the power of immersive technology and drive innovation to the frontline.
We recently hosted the Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products Symposium, which took place on the 16 June, where we explored how the NHS can help shape the delivery of these therapeutics in Wales. Read on for a summary of the insightful talks delivered by key decision makers across the day.
We reflect on the powerful teamwork between industry, academia, health, and social care propelling innovation to the frontline, the difference being made to the people of Wales, and what is to come for the Welsh life sciences sector.
Did you attend the panel event our Chief Executive Officer, Cari-Anne Quinn, hosted at NHS ConfedExpo exploring the All-Wales National Robotics-Assisted Surgery Programme? In case you missed it, here is a summary of the key discussion points and key information about the programme…
Inspiring Innovation is our monthly roundup of news from Wales’ thriving innovation landscape collated by our Sector Intelligence Team and fuels our ambitions to elevate Wales as a place of choice for health and social care innovation and investment.
Several care homes across Wales are trialling PainChek’s innovative AI pain assessment app which uses facial analysis technology and non-facial indicators to assess pain in people with limited communicative abilities. The first evaluation identifies key challenges that are steppingstones toward new solutions and improving processes in preparation for further rollout.
Wales is an ideal location for developing and applying life science innovation in health and social care, with many ground-breaking companies choosing to do business here. This includes Halo Therapeutics who are beginning clinical trials for a simple nasal spray therapeutic treatment for coronaviruses.
The Dragon’s Heart Institute is thrilled to announce the upcoming Spread and Scale Academy, scheduled to take place in Cardiff between the 4th and 6th of October, 2023. The academy aims to support teams with innovative projects that are ready to expand and benefit as many people as possible.
The Community Pharmacy System Innovation Fund, set up to support the delivery of an electronic prescription service (EPS) in Wales, has made its first award of grants to two digital community pharmacy system suppliers.
Are you attending NHS ConfedExpo? Our team is heading to Manchester for the two-day event and will be hosting an informative panel session exploring the story so far of the All-Wales National Robotics-Assisted Surgery Programme.
Inspiring Innovation is our monthly roundup of news from Wales’ thriving innovation landscape collated by our Sector Intelligence Team, demonstrating the strength of Wales’ Life Sciences sector and the latest innovations transforming health and social care services.
Bringing care closer to home is a core priority for health and social care in Wales and the UK. The Health Foundation is embracing the evolving innovation landscape with its new Tech for Better Care funding programme, which focusses on exploring the potential of new technologies that enable care at home and within the community.
A consortium led by Agile Kinetic Limited is proud to announce that it has been awarded funding by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency for a ground-breaking project titled "Movement Analysis for Musculoskeletal Precision Medicine."
We had a fantastic time at the Social Care Accolades on 25 April organised by Social Care Wales! The event paid tribute to the inspiring work going on across the sector by recognising the dedication and impact of groups, teams and organisations in Wales.
April has seen innovation delivering impact in both North and South Wales. New technologies with long-term potential for enhancing health outcomes on a local and national scale have made this month an exciting one.
We’ve got four vacancies available to join our Board as a Non-Executive Director and help us make Wales a place of choice for health and social care investment. This is a fantastic opportunity to become involved at strategic level in getting life sciences innovation to those who need it.
The Digital Medicines Transformation Portfolio and Life Sciences Hub Wales are launching a new fund today (April 3, 2023) to help the suppliers of digital community pharmacy systems in Wales deliver an electronic prescription service (EPS).
March has been a busy month for innovation in Wales with several funding opportunities for health and social care, having the potential to improve long-term health outcomes for people across the nation.
We’ve collated the best newsletters to subscribe to this year to make it easier for you to stay on top of latest developments in your field, be it health, social care, med-tech, research, or digital technology.
This week we welcome the ambition laid out by Welsh Government as they launch the new Innovation Strategy for Wales. This puts creating a strong, consistent and connected culture of innovation at the forefront of helping to enrich our health and wellbeing, economy and our environment.
There is incredible work by organisations and individuals going on across social care in Wales. We’re helping to celebrate this by supporting the ‘Supporting Unpaid Carers’ award at the Social Care Wales Accolades on 27 April 2023.
February has been an exciting time for innovation in Wales, with funding opportunities being granted that have the potential to develop technology that seeks to transform healthcare on a local and national scale.
SBRI Centre of Excellence has launched an exciting opportunity for industry to work with the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust (WAST) and Health Boards within Wales. This programme aims to identify and implement innovative solutions that can reduce the unprecedented demand on both ambulances and Urgent & Emergency Care services across Wales.
The UK’s leading health technology Trade Association, ABHI, is calling on HealthTech companies, individuals, and NHS organisations to enter their submissions for the ‘Innovation in HealthTech: Recognising Excellence’ campaign.
Life Sciences Hub Wales partnered with MediWales to deliver the 2022 MediWales Innovation Awards. Bringing together innovation leaders across health, social care, and industry, this event recognised and celebrated the outstanding achievements across the sector.
M-SParc, Wales’ first science park, is tackling climate change and aiming to be the first NetZero Science Park in the UK by 2030. Having already established its carbon footprint over the past year, the roadmap to NetZero is now in place and M-SParc is in the delivery phase. The company has ambitions to lead the way not only regionally but nationally on the rote to NetZero.
The first robotic hysterectomy in Wales using the Versius robot has taken place at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. This is thanks to the implementation of the All-Wales Robotic Assisted Surgery Programme, which has been developed in partnership with Life Sciences Hub Wales, health boards across Wales and the Moondance Cancer Initiative.
Life Sciences Hub Wales has published its Annual Report, which highlights how it is accelerating the development and adoption of innovative solutions to improve health and economic wellbeing outcomes in Wales.
We were delighted to attend the Welsh NHS Confederation Annual Conference and Exhibition 2022, where our CEO, Cari-Anne Quinn, delivered a talk on how digital innovation is transforming wound care in Wales.
Life Sciences Hub Wales was delighted to support the event held on 20 October in Cardiff. Nine awards were given to organisations from across Wales for their innovative efforts to ultimately help transform health and care outcomes for people in Wales.
The remote patient monitoring project got this acknowledgement in the Virtual or Remote Care Initiative of the Year award last night for reducing hospital admissions and optimising cardiac patients’ medications faster.
M-SParc, a Bangor University Company, goes #OnTour to the city of Bangor, to bring workshops, business support, hot desks, and an entrepreneurial spirit to the Students, Businesses and Community of Bangor.
Life Sciences Hub Wales is delighted to be co-delivering the MediWales Innovation Awards 2022, taking place on Thursday 8 December 2022 at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff. The prestigious ceremony is now in its seventeenth year and is dedicated to celebrating healthcare innovation.
Life Sciences Hub Wales is delighted to be taking part in this year’s Welsh NHS Confederation Annual Conference and Exhibition, which is taking place on 1 November at the All Nations Centre in Cardiff.
The Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) has launched their Cross-Sector Programme, designed to promote health innovation by bringing together cross-sector innovators and researchers through networking events and a collaborative funding scheme.
Life Sciences Hub Wales has supported Powys Teaching Health Board in scoping its point of care testing to help enhance services within primary care and Minor Injuries Units. This will help speed up patients receiving treatments and reduce the need for repeat visits and referrals.
Health Technology Wales (HTW) and Life Sciences Hub Wales are to continue working in partnership after the two organisations pledged to maintain and further develop their successful relationship. Following a two-year collaboration, the organisations have renewed their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The Biomedical Catalyst 2022 Round 2: Industry-led R&D funding competition is now open for applications until 12 October. A share of up to £25 million is available from Innovate UK for developing innovative solutions to healthcare challenges.
A cross-sector collaboration assessing and identifying the impact of remote monitoring technology on patient, care and clinical outcomes has been nominated in the ‘Digitising Patient Care Award’ category at the HSJ Awards and ‘Virtual or Remote Care Initiative of the Year’ category at the HSJ Patient Safety Awards.
We are delighted to be supporting the NHS Wales Awards as the event returns to Cardiff on 20 October 2022 as a face-to-face ceremony for the first time in three years. The event aims to acknowledge the extraordinary work and achievements of people and teams working across the NHS in Wales.
Life Sciences Hub Wales has published an exciting Impact Report to celebrate the success of the Accelerate programme. This highlights how Accelerate has supported start-ups and SMEs in accelerating the development and adoption of new technology, products and services in health and social care systems across Wales
The Innovation Exchange Programme is working with Oxford Innovation Advice and the UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) to support companies working across the field of healthy ageing. Successful applicants will get nine weeks of fully funded support from NICA, Oxford Innovation Advice, and Innovate UK KTN experts.
PainChek, the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI)-powered pain assessment tool, has been supported by Life Sciences Hub Wales in receiving funding from the Gwent Regional Partnership Board via its Technology Enabled Care Programme.
The consultation on a new integrated innovation strategy for Wales is now live. The strategy will set out our priorities for innovation in Wales, which includes a specific ‘Healthier’ chapter that covers health and care.
Tune in to the latest episode of our Healthy Thinking podcast where we ask what the future of NHS Wales looks like following the initial Covid-19 response and how innovation can help us tackle the backlog.
Life Sciences Hub Wales was delighted to support the Welsh Social Care Hack, where participants had the chance to secure up to £20,000 of funding from the Welsh Government innovation project pot of up to £250,000.
Should our medical data be shared widely with doctors, patients and medical researchers if it benefits ourselves and others? The third episode of our Healthy Thinking podcast series explores the important ethical questions surrounding big data in healthcare.
Life Sciences Hub Wales is delighted to be supporting the event which will see NHS colleagues from across Wales and the local and wider industry sector coming together to discuss clinical innovation in practice.
A SIMPLE blood test that detects bowel cancer earlier - and improves the chances of survival for thousands of patients is one step closer to being available on the NHS, after showing excellent results in a primary care trial.
Respiratory Innovation Wales (RIW) in collaboration with Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Hywel Da University Health Board, Life Sciences Hub Wales, Masimo and Fujitsu, have brought together a mobile unit to address the shortfall within community services and provide increased access to respiratory diagnostics.
Innovate UK has opened its ‘Biomedical Catalyst 2022 Round 1: Industry-led Research and Development’ fund for UK-registered micro, small or medium-sized enterprises wishing to develop innovative solutions to healthcare challenges. Applications can be made from 28 March 2022 until 25 May 2022.
We are delighted to be supporting an event in a series celebrating women working across life sciences in partnership with Welsh Government, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Industrial liaison Programme.
CMR Surgical (CMR) – a global surgical robotics business –has announced that it has been awarded a significant multi-year contract by NHS Wales for implementation of the Versius® Surgical Robotic System in a National Robotics Assisted Surgery Programme.
As part of its latest series of films to showcase Welsh innovations with the power to revolutionise healthcare, we reveal how virtual reality training could become the future for healthcare professionals.
In our latest film to showcase the innovations made possible by the Accelerate programme, we explore a collaboration between Welsh innovators, Copner Biotech, and the Accelerate Healthcare Technology Centre (HTC) that could revolutionise cell culture via computer modelled 3D scaffolding designs.
Our CEO, Cari-Anne Quinn has penned an important article detailing why organisations are making Wales their place of choice for delivering health, care and wellbeing innovation, and how this can support our NHS.
In partnership with Abercynon-based social enterprise, Cynon Valley Organic Adventures, Cardiff University’s Clinical Innovation Accelerator team are delighted showcase their exciting ‘Green Prescribing’ Accelerate project in our latest video case study.
A partnership project between Gwylan UK and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (ATiC), with the support of Accelerate, has created a pioneering new tool to help children manage their mental and physical health.
Huntleigh Healthcare Ltd, Clinical Innovation Accelerator (CIA), Cardiff University and the Welsh Wound Innovation Centre, have announced a partnership to evaluate a wound healing device supported in part by the Accelerate programme.
A Rhondda heritage and conservation project which uses gardening and nature as a way of improving people’s employability skills and wellbeing has been named the 2021 National Lottery Wales Project of the Year.
Life Sciences Hub Wales was delighted to partner with MediWales to deliver this year’s Innovation Awards. This prestigious event brought together innovation leaders across health, care and industry in Wales to recognise outstanding achievements.
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTMUHB), Roche Diagnostics, Digipharm and Life Sciences Hub Wales are launching a cutting-edge project to develop an innovative value-based model contract approach while improving the approach to diagnosis of heart failure in patients.
Global technology company Healthy.io has launched the first use of their innovative wound care app in Wales, allowing patients to have their wounds assessed and monitored from the comfort of their own home.
The 2021 winners have now been announced for the inaugural TriTech Institute Health and Social Care Technology Challenge, a competition designed to identify, fund, and support new innovations and ideas that have the power to meet the ever-changing needs of Welsh patients.
Dr Chris Martin becomes the new chair of Life Sciences Hub Wales. He succeeds Professor Sir Mansel Aylward who is stepping down from the role of chair but will continue as a non-executive director on the board.
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTMUHB) and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) have teamed up with Huma to pilot the remote monitoring of patients with cardiac issues (heart failure) across Wales via an app in their own homes.
A Welsh manufacturer, which is on a mission to tackle the world’s growing personal protective equipment (PPE) waste problem, is set to expand its global presence after securing its first export deals in Australia and Canada.
Achieving Innovation is a new resource developed by Life Sciences Hub Wales to inform and guide those working across industry, health and social care innovation. It summarises key research, provides critical insights and delivers fresh perspectives from cross-sector thought leaders.
RIW and Life Sciences Hub Wales are set to collaborate on a second event, providing an opportunity to network and engage with health and industry colleagues around the topic of Value-Based Health Care.
Creo Medical, an innovative medical device developer based in Chepstow, has worked in collaboration with a range of charities and organisations to donate over £130,000 worth of medical equipment to support the critical Covid-19 response in India.
Life Sciences Hub Wales welcomes the First Minister’s position that innovation in healthcare is central to ensuring that the culture of getting things done quickly in the health service during the coronavirus pandemic is not lost going forward.
Wales has become the first country in the world to launch specialised Intensive Learning Academies (ILAs) that will deliver transformational training and support across preventative health, Value-Based Health and Care, and innovations in health and social care.
DHEW is delighted to be supporting the upcoming MediWales Connects conference. The online event is bringing together NHS colleagues from across Wales, local companies, and the wider industry sector to explore the best practice for clinical innovation from 29 March to 1 April 2021.
An Accelerate supported project has Cardiff University scientists joining forces with a Cynon Valley social enterprise to explore the benefits of green ‘social prescribing’ on health, wellbeing and quality of life.
Having mobilised to assist UK Government efforts to combat Covid-19, a Port Talbot company specialising in the manufacture and global distribution of precision instrumentation, has now become the UK’s first safety goggle manufacturer.
Eleven teams are attending the three-day academy – shortlisted from 38 submissions from 185 people across 27 organisations who submitted their projects to be considered for a place. Applications came from across Wales, including health boards, local authorities and the third sector.
Life Sciences Hub Wales has appointed five Non-Executive Directors to join its Board to play a critical role in shaping the organisation’s future strategic direction. The appointments come at an exciting and challenging time for industry, health and social care, where the demand for innovative solutions is greater than ever.
New figures reveal that Welsh industry’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has generated millions of pounds for the Welsh economy and supported the creation and safeguarding of hundreds of jobs across the country.
A Welsh company has nearly doubled its permanent workforce to 127 staff in just four months after switching part of its operations to create personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The AgorIP Project which has helped the Welsh economy and innovation in west Wales to prosper over the last four years, has been extended to benefit all of Wales, with a total investment of more than £20m.
Welsh Government and Life Sciences Hub Wales are supporting plans to build a 200 strong team of specialists at Wales’ soon to be launched Lighthouse Lab, which is set to create additional capacity for the UK’s Covid-19 testing strategy.
Advanced Therapies Wales (ATW) programme has been established to harness the benefits from emerging and transformative therapies for the people of Wales and is pleased to announce its official launch on 4 August, 2020.
Public Health Wales, in partnership with the NHS Wales Informatics Service, Swansea University and Social Care Wales have been selected as one of five of The Health Foundation Networked Data Labs. They will receive up to £400,000 over two years to form a community of analysts working on the biggest health and care challenges.
As part of the very first Wales Tech Week, Digital Health Ecosystem Wales introduces the brand-new beta version of the NHS Wales Developer Portal. It’s designed to make it easier for developers to understand requirements and test prototype solutions for NHS Wales.
As the Covid-19 pandemic sparked unprecedented global demand and competition for personal protective equipment (PPE), a Denbighshire-based protective equipment specialist has leveraged its international supply chains to ensure Wales has access to sources of essential equipment.
Five digital health initiatives have been awarded funding as part of a £150,000 call to action for new and innovative ways to use digital technology in response to coronavirus and beyond. The call to action was coordinated by Digital Health Ecosystem Wales, a collaboration between Life Sciences Hub Wales and the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS).
An advanced laboratory dedicated to leading Wales’ national Covid-19 testing has been established in Cardiff, thanks to collaboration between Public Health Wales and one of the world’s leading diagnostics companies.
A Caerphilly company has switched up production at its factory to create millions of sustainable face shields that will be used worldwide by frontline staff as well to support employees returning to the workplace.
Welsh Government have announced a new funding competition for digital solutions to help fight Covid-19. The competition is being supported by Digital Health Ecosystem Wales and funding is available for between five and eight projects to rapidly pilot products and solutions.
The Accelerate programme partners are closely monitoring the Welsh Government advice relating to the Coronavirus, and working to minimise the effect the virus is having on the delivery of the programme.
Health Technology Wales (HTW) is working with partners in health and social care to support the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This report has been produced to assist the Welsh Government, and Health and Social Care in Wales, in their response to the pandemic.
On Monday, 20 April 2020 during our virtual team briefing, we were joined by special guest - Dr Jamie Roberts, Wales International Rugby star, and current innovation fellow at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
Welsh gin distilleries have produced and given away more than 200,000 bottles of desperately needed hand sanitiser to frontline services, essential workers and community care providers since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Digital Health Ecosystem Wales (DHEW) and Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Cymru join forces to bring you a brand-new website helping support and accelerate innovation in digital health technology in Wales.
The Association for the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) Cymru Wales has partnered with the Welsh NHS Confederation to launch a new toolkit to promote the pharmaceutical industry and NHS Wales working together for patients.
The Welsh Health Hack returned for the fourth time this January, in Anglesey north Wales. The event, hosted by event partners M-SParc, was attended by over 100 people across industry, academia and the NHS.
Join us on Weds 25 and Thurs 26 March 2020 as we bring together health and social care pioneers, industry experts, and academia to explore how collaborative working will bring to life revolutions in the delivery health and social care.
On 28 November, Life Sciences Hub Wales held the first ever Wales Cancer Innovation Challenge. This two-day event, which was attended by over 100 delegates, including representatives from the life sciences industry from across the UK and clinicians from across NHS Wales.
Life Sciences Hub Wales is delighted to announce that applications for The Spread and Scale Academy are now open. The Academy is a unique and innovative programme developed in collaboration with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and the Bevan Commission.
On the 22nd and 23rd of May 2019 the DHEW team exhibited at the Digital Health and Care Congress at the Kings Fund in London. The event brings together leading NHS and social care professionals to discuss how data and technology can improve the health and wellbeing of patients and the quality and efficiency of services.
In the second 'Healthy Thinking' podcast from Life Sciences Hub Wales, Professor Mark Drakeford AM - First Minister of the Welsh Government in Wales - talks about his plans to ensure innovation plays an integral part in the Welsh economy and health and care service provision.
In the first 'Healthy Thinking' podcast from Life Sciences Hub Wales, Sir Sam Everington - a leading innovator of general practice - explains how social prescribing is making a real difference to patients and their communities.
In January, Concentric, a new Welsh life sciences business set to transform patient-centered decision making, set up new headquarters in Cardiff. The start-up has big ideas – and it hopes to work with our Accelerate programme to help realize them. We sat down with Dafydd Loughran, CEO, to find out more about Concentric’s ambitions for the future.
Earlier this month, Professor Sir Michael Marmot visited Life Sciences Hub Wales for a series of meetings with senior Welsh Government officials and to lead a morning seminar for health and social care leaders in Wales.
Wales has a challenge to address health inequalities – from cradle to the grave – and take action on the social determinants of health. We look at how Wales can make a positive change through policy, education and advocacy.
Over the next two days, Life Sciences Hub Wales will be engaging with partners from across health and social care at this year's Welsh Public Health Conference, a flagship event organised by Public Health Wales and the Welsh Government.
The leading organisation for health innovation in Wales has launched a new strategy which will specifically support businesses and the NHS in Wales with innovative solutions and services for patient benefit.